We stayed here as part of a longer trip which included Waikiki, Aulani, and another rental home on the northern part of the island.
-The pool was the biggest amenity for my family (two kids, ages 10 and 8). It was really nice to be able to hit the beach in the morning, grab some lunch, and come back to this place and relax on the lanai while the kid swam.
-There was a selection of pool/beach toys for our use. The kids loved putting on the masks and checking out the pool.
-The main part of Kailua is close by, and offers some great restaurants plus grocery stores and drug stores.
-The local beaches were great for little kids. Small, ankle slapping waves. We had no problems with crowds.
-Access to the BBQ on the lanai allowed us to save some money. We bought some freshly caught tuna from a neighbor and grilled it one night, another night we bought burger patties and fresh pineapple from Whole Foods. Hawaii is expensive so it's great to be able to save money here and there.
-The unit has tons of windows plus two big sliding glass doors. Only the sliding glass doors have any kind of covering (in this case, vertical blinds) which means you are really bathed in light at sunrise.
-The local birds love to start chirping right at sunrise. Between this, and the lack of window coverings, we highly suggest sleep masks and earplugs if you want to sleep past sunrise.
-No AC. There were a couple of nights that got a little warm, but most nights the trade winds kept us cool (just make sure you keep those windows open).
-Wifi signal was really weak on that side of the property. If you sit by the grill on the lanai you can get a stronger signal. Made it a little tricky to work on my laptop.
All in all, we had a lot of fun. It was a great jumping off point to go explore that side of the island. Waikiki was our next stop, and it is such a big city that it didn't really feel like we were in Hawaii. Kailua does have that Hawaii feel though.